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The Right to Assembly

There is much misconception on the ambit and significance of the right to assemble and its intimate relationship to the right to free speech. The Supreme Court alone can remove the misconception. One hopes that it will do so before long and in the clearest terms for all to read and understand.

Academic Freedom and Kashmir

The Kashmir University campus has been declared out of bounds for the media and the vice-chancellor has instructed university teachers to keep away from the media and avoid expressing their opinions on political matters. This is nothing short of an assault on academic freedom and fundamental rights and the silence of the national media on it mirrors the media's indifference to all the other outrages perpetrated in Kashmir.

Audit of Human Rights

Has the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) made a significant impact on the state of human rights in India? Is it at all relevant to the Kashmiri who has to bear the brunt of systematic custodial deaths, encounters, disappearances and other forms of brutal repression. The South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre has published a much-needed audit of the NHRC's work.

Foreign Scholars' Participation in Seminars

In July a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court summarily dismissed the PUCL's petition challenging the home ministry's secret memo issued in September last year on the participation of foreign scholars in seminars. However, the legal issues raised by the memo are important enough to warrant the Supreme Court being moved again to challenge not only the home ministry's infamous memo but also the human resource development ministry's circular of January this year on similar lines to registrars of universities and deemed universities.

Expanding Our Fundamental Rights

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentary by Sarah Joseph, Jenny Schultz and Melissa Castan; Oxford University Press; pp 745, £ 75.

Stifling the NGOs

While NGOs have come to the fore following an increasing citizens' awareness of their rights, the state has tended to treat them with distrust and even hostility, seeking through legislative means to curb their activities and strike down their rights.

UN Rapporteur Refused Entry

As party to the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights India has assumed full responsibility for full international accountability for its observance of human rights. Yet successive governments have refused to permit the UN Special Rapporteur on Question of Torture and Detention to visit India.

Contempt of Court and Free Speech

Contempt of Court by C J Miller; Oxford University Press, pp 769, £ 125. 

Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information: Essays in Honour of Sir David Williams edited by Jack Beatson and Yuonne Cripps; Oxford University Press, pp 421, £ 35.

Globalisation of Human Rights

The Law of Human Rights by Richard Clayton and Hugh Tomlinson; Oxford University Press; pp 1,670, 285. £ 145, per set of Vols 1 and 2;

Habeas Corpus and Preventive Detention

The Most Fundamental Legal Right: Habeas Corpus in the Commonwealth by David Clark and Gerard McCoy; Oxford University Press, £ 50; pp 316.

A Curate's Egg

State, Identity and Violence: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh by Navnita Chadha Behera; Manohar, New Delhi, 2000; Rs 600, pp 384.

Students' Rights

A charter of students' rights and duties needs to be drawn up if the prevailing intolerance fostered by the Sangh parivar is to be countered.


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